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Similarities between India’s Kashmir and Israel’s Palestine

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02.12.2019

“I believe the security situation will improve (in J&K), it will allow the refugees to go back, and in your lifetime, you will be able to go back … and you will be able to find security because we already have a model in the world.”

“I don’t know why we don’t follow it. It has happened in the Middle East. If the Israeli people can do it, we can also do it.”

The above-reported remarks by India’s consul-general in New York Sandeep Chakravorty while addressing an audience of Kashmiri Pundits raised some dust in the Indian media. But his job or career is in no mortal danger.

For, Chakravorty must be an intelligent man and probably estimated that he was only articulating from a Track 1.5 platform the Modi government’s surreptitious policy in J&K — following the Israeli footfalls of forcible occupation and colonization of lands inhabited by alienated people.

Israel, on the contrary, is itself a western creation on the map of the Middle East and the US condones Israel’s war crimes and aggressive state policies as a matter of regional strategy

Whether the policy is doable or not is for time to tell. To my mind, the final word is not yet available whether even the brutal Israeli policy will work or not. Besides, circumstances are vastly different, and Kashmir is not an analogous situation. The main difference is that although the Indian state resorted to the use of force, much like Israel had done in Palestinian lands, the security situation has only deteriorated over the years, over decades.

There are no two opinions that even half a million troops could not achieve anything by way of enduring results in the Kashmir valley. The ground realities in the valley militate against repression and state terrorism as a viable policy option for a country such as India. The stark evidence........

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